Treating Rosacea: How To Reduce The Redness

Without treatment for rosacea, redness can become permanent. No matter what is causing your facial redness, you don’t have to live with it anymore. If the redness is really bothering you, a dermatologist can put together a treatment plan that includes one or more of the following treatment methods:

Sun protection

Protecting your skin from the sun is essential 365 days a year. Sunlight is the primary cause of flare-ups, which will lead to facial redness. Regardless of whether or not you are treating the redness, you should always protect your skin from the sun. To properly protect your skin, dermatologists recommend the following every day:

  • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
  • Using a sunscreen that has only zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
  • Avoid the midday sun.

Trigger management

Even when you treat the redness, different triggers can make your face red. You can prevent this by learning what exactly is triggering your rosacea and start making some changes.

Skin care

The way you wash and dry your face and the skin care products you use can contribute to facial redness.

Rosacea friendly skin care involves:

  • Finding a mild cleanser to wash your face.
  • Using only your fingertips to apply the cleanser to your face gently.
  • Rinse your face with cool or lukewarm water – Never hot water.
  • Pat your face dry with a clean and soft towel.
  • Skip toners, washcloths and deodorant soaps as these can increase redness.
  • For individuals with sensitive skin, sometimes certain products can cause stinging, burning or redness. In these cases, a dermatologist will recommend skin care products that are gentle enough for you to use on your skin.

Green-tinted makeup

Some makeup companies create green-tinted makeup specifically designed for people with rosacea-prone skin.

Lasers and other light-based treatments

For individuals who have facial redness, a laser or other light-based treatment can be extremely effective. Some individuals experience a complete diminishment of their redness, and this clearing can last for many years.

Most need multiple treatments to see real results. In skilled hands, the side effects can be limited to temporary swelling and redness. Without medical knowledge of the skin and the appropriate training in lasers, the risk of severe side effects increases. Burns, blisters, permanent scars, and skin discolouration are possible, which is why it’s so important to have IPL at London Cosmetic Clinic or other reputable clinics that specialise in this treatment.

Oxymetazoline hydrochloride cream and Brimonidine gel

Both prescription medications can minimise facial redness caused by rosacea. They work for approximately 12 hours, and as soon as the effects wear off, the redness will return to your face. The most common side effects of these medications are mild. They include increased flushing, facial redness, contact dermatitis.

Some individuals develop redness, pain or itchiness where they apply the medication.

Speak to a dermatologist

Facial redness caused by rosacea can be treated in various ways; thus you have a lot of options to consider. A dermatologist can explain which options can work best for you.